Brexit news: Johnson says now is time for EU leaders to ‘get on with it.’

 

It is time for European leaders to “get on with it” in driving forwards on a Brexit deal, Boris Johnson has supported while maintaining he is fully behind Theresa May’s plan on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Asked whether he would endorse the UK making a considerably more substantial monetary remuneration than the initial sum of €20bn (£18bn) talked about, Johnson said May had made a “pretty good offer” in her speech in Florence last month.

Answering questions after a speech at the annual convention of the Chatham House thinktank, the foreign secretary said he felt the feeling of last week’s European Council summit in Brussels had been more enthusiastic than expected.

Asked whether he would countenance the UK making a substantially higher financial settlement than the initial sum of €20bn (£18bn) talked about, Johnson said May had made a “pretty good offer” in her speech in Florence last month.

He said: “I’m glad that at the council in Brussels they seemed more positive, frankly, than I thought they were going to be, to judge by some of the anticipatory drum roll of that council.

“They have given a fair wind to the idea of themselves now discussing the new trade deal or however they want to proceed. I suggest humbly to our friends and partners in Brussels: now is the time to get on with it.”

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